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The Zika virus: What employers need to know
The Zika virus: What employers need to know
For only the fourth time in history, the World Health Organization has declared the spread of a disease to be a "public health emergency of international concern." The Zika virus joins the H1N1 pandemic (2009), the spread of polio (2014) and the Ebola ...
Despite range of tools, it's not easy to clean up supply chain
Despite range of tools, it's not easy to clean up supply chain
Keeping the advertising supply chain fraud-free and ensuring that ads have been seen by actual people is a huge challenge. Participants on a panel called Tackling the Supply Chain discussed the issue at AdExchanger’s Clean Ads I/O conference on T...
OSHA delays enforcement of incentive and drug testing provisions of new rule
OSHA delays enforcement of incentive and drug testing provisions of new rule
OSHA is delaying enforcement of provisions in its new injury and illness reporting rule having to do with safety incentive and drug testing programs.
You're right — Why doesn't anybody listen?
You're right — Why doesn't anybody listen?
Nothing would drive me crazier than being right, telling people about it and having no one listen. I would be forced to sit there watching events play out as I had predicted, yet the negative implications became clear to everyone else after the fact. A...
8 common causes of workplace accidents
8 common causes of workplace accidents
The workplace can be dangerous, even more so in an industrial environment. Numerous factors can cause accidents, ranging from overexertion to mishandling of hazardous materials. There are also a multitude of variables that can contribute to or influenc...
Best boss ever? Prove it with some employee appreciation
Best boss ever? Prove it with some employee appreciation
As an executive-level employee, how many times a day does the following thought cross your mind? "Man, this boss thing is pretty freaking awesome! I have the big office, the great car, a team who reports directly to me, and my life couldn't go any bett...
4 ways to increase employee loyalty
4 ways to increase employee loyalty
Loyalty is a big motivator - for some people, the biggest. It's that special feeling of "belonging" that can drive employees to make special, extra efforts toward helping the team accomplish its goals. Here are four simple ways to increase your team me...
The internet of (supply chain) things
The internet of (supply chain) things
In a 2014 study, 46 percent of manufacturing executives didn't know what the internet of things was. A logical extension of this is that they also wouldn't know how IoT could impact the supply chain. Maybe it's time to understand how IoT will interact ...
Why temporary warehouse workers should have W-2 status
Why temporary warehouse workers should have W-2 status
Someone always has a better idea. While the gig economy, which is based on temporary positions with independent workers on short-term assignments, is the direction that many supply chain jobs are going, it often isn't the best road for workers. About o...
Demand is strong for multitenant distribution warehousing
Demand is strong for multitenant distribution warehousing
The trend of multitenant distribution warehouse properties outperformed the broader commercial property market, will continue according to a special report, "Multitenant Distribution Warehouse Segment in the U.S. Outlook 2016," recently released by Cus...
In supply chain, a little direction can go a long way
In supply chain, a little direction can go a long way
DC Velocity Chief Editor David Maloney writes: "It seems like everywhere you look this time of year, the orange barrels are out in full force. It is construction season, and if you live in the Northeast, that means it is a season that lasts about eight...
A field guide to racks
A field guide to racks
To the untrained eye, it can be hard to distinguish between a raven and a crow. But birders know that ravens are bigger than crows, have a different call and sport a wedge-shaped — instead of a fan-shaped — tail.
7 steps to conflict resolution in the office
7 steps to conflict resolution in the office
For some reason, when we start to work at an office, we unconsciously expect everyone to get along and not have any conflict. That idea tends to be proven false fairly quickly. Whatever conflicts you've experienced, the tension and resulting lack of co...
Fixing mental health in the workplace requires a lot more than a yoga room
Fixing mental health in the workplace requires a lot more than a yoga room
Many alcoholics avoid talking about their problem, even with close friends. Robert Tyndall came out about it to 20,000 of his co-workers. Tyndall, a senior vice president at Prudential Financial, was forced to confront his years of daily drinking at a ...
Material handling: The secret to reducing workplace injuries and expenses
Material handling: The secret to reducing workplace injuries and expenses
There are many, somewhat exotic hazards in workplaces, and these can lead to unique, attention-grabbing and even horrifying injuries. By contrast, manual material handling can seem somewhat humdrum, and the work-related musculoskeletal disorders it cau...
How to decrease energy costs in your warehouses and distribution centers
How to decrease energy costs in your warehouses and distribution centers
As increasing awareness of environmental concerns permeates business operations, savvy companies are responding to customer, competitor and regulatory pressures to enhance their sustainability efforts. As a result, we’re beginning to see organiza...
Scissor lift accidents spur OSHA to issue hazard warning
Scissor lift accidents spur OSHA to issue hazard warning
A spate of accidents involving scissor lifts has caused the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue a hazard alert outlining employers' obligations and preventive measures. Scissor lifts aren't just used in warehousing; they also are com...
The role of the middle manager
The role of the middle manager
Middle managers are the mainstay of an organization and are the glue that binds an organization together. However, middle managers are often overlooked when there are promotions within a company. So how can the middle manager be supportive, and still g...
Supply Chain Mangement Review
Supply Chain Mangement Review
A driver hauling a truckload of high value electronics pulls over to grab coffee and refuel at a gas station just yards off the highway. Before heading inside, the driver locks all cab doors and ensures locking devices on the trailer are in working ord...
How robotics process automation is transforming supply chains
How robotics process automation is transforming supply chains
The subject of robotics in production and distribution has been dominated by fear, hyperbole and misunderstanding. Critics of the technology would have us believe that robots are poised to take over the workplace, with little or no role for humans. So ...
Inventory pullback a drag on logistics spending
Inventory pullback a drag on logistics spending
A year-long pullback in U.S. business inventories will likely continue through the rest of 2016 as retailers and manufacturers remain cautious amid uncertain demand and the prospects for higher interest rate, according to a report on U.S. logistics. Th...
Worker fatality rate increases for 1st time in 4 years
Worker fatality rate increases for 1st time in 4 years
The federal government’s final count of fatal occupational injuries in 2014 shows an increase from 2013 – the first one since 2010. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries says the overall fatal work inju...
7 key attributes of highly promotable people
7 key attributes of highly promotable people
As an employee — whether part-time, full-time, contract or otherwise — your day-to-day performance places you in one of two categories: promotable or not promotable. What makes someone promotable? Every one of the seven qualities of highly ...
Shortfalls in the management of 3PLs
Shortfalls in the management of 3PLs
More than 80 percent of domestic Fortune 500 companies outsource their logistics operations and most expect to use third party logistics providers more in the coming years, according to the University of Tennessee study sponsored by Kenco. The study &#...
Burnt out: Stress on the job
Burnt out: Stress on the job
Stress at work not only impacts employee health, but also affects workplace safety. Between 60 and 80 percent of workplace accidents are the result of stress-induced issues like distraction, according to an infographic created by Eastern Kentucky Unive...
Control or caring? What is your motive for a safety conversation?
Control or caring? What is your motive for a safety conversation?
Most organizations that seek to achieve safety excellence realize that this performance level only can be attained with strong leadership. When it comes to safety, there are two prevalent leadership philosophies, and there is a stark contrast between ...
5 things to enhance supply chain management
5 things to enhance supply chain management
In supply chain management, businesses can improve their processes with enhanced communications, refined information for decision-making and more efficient transaction processing.
How much do you know about your warehouse workers?
How much do you know about your warehouse workers?
Each year since 2007, ProLogistix has conducted a Warehouse Employee Opinion Survey. The group represents a wide range of skill sets and geography. This article focuses on the No. 1 subject of importance to hourly warehouse employees, according to the ...
4 workplace issues that make your employees less productive
4 workplace issues that make your employees less productive
Ensuring that employees have a productive and satisfying work environment is a major concern for many companies. No one wants to work in an atmosphere that makes them feel uncomfortable, distracted or anxious. In fact, the space where your staff works ...
Study supply chain management for a career boost
Study supply chain management for a career boost
For Tanner Ryan, pursuing a master's degree in supply chain management was a no-brainer.
How to handle workplace stress
How to handle workplace stress
Stress is a big battle for all of us in today's world — both in and out of the office. If you do not control stress, it can cause all kinds of issues. A study, entitled "Stress in the Workplace: Meeting the Challenge," indicates "the incidence of...
A quick guide for boosting employee attendance at your business
A quick guide for boosting employee attendance at your business
Is your business struggling with poor or inconsistent employee attendance that’s costing a significant amount of money to cover? You’re not alone. According to Benefits.org, many companies today are dealing with employee absenteeism which i...
Monitoring safety throughout your supply chain
Monitoring safety throughout your supply chain
Most businesses are doing a great job of keeping their own workforce safe and prioritizing good work practices, but when it comes to thinking about the application of safe practices throughout the supply chain, a lot of businesses have a head in the sa...
10 simple tips for becoming a better manager
10 simple tips for becoming a better manager
This advice is not earth-shattering and should not be new to anyone reading it. Nevertheless, these rather simple and common-sense tips should help you to be a better manager. The first tip is to always treat employees the way you want to be treated. F...
5 steps to a predictive safety culture
5 steps to a predictive safety culture
In the business world, and in the world of EHS and quality in particular, a common goal that many organizations are setting for themselves is to go from reactive to proactive in their decision making. But that goal, just like a desire to quit smoking, ...
Beef up benefits to retain employees
Beef up benefits to retain employees
Unemployment has dropped, salaries are creeping upward and, despite an uncertain construction forecast, firms are hiring to meet current demand. As competition for talent at all levels increases, employers can expect higher and faster rates of employe...
How being busy makes you less productive
How being busy makes you less productive
Being busy has somehow become a badge of honor. The prevailing notion is that if you aren't super busy, you aren't important or hard working. The truth is, busyness makes you less productive. When we think of a super busy person, we think of a ringing ...
How Amazon sparked a robot arms race
How Amazon sparked a robot arms race
An Amazon warehouse is a flurry of activity. Workers jog around a man-made cavern plopping items into yellow and black crates. Towering hydraulic arms lift heavy boxes toward the rafters. And an army of stubby orange robots slide along the floor like g...
The power of response in email communications
The power of response in email communications
Imagine asking someone a question face-to-face and they either a) never acknowledge the question or b) respond several hours after the fact. Many would construe said behavior as rude or dismissive. Now, apply that same theory to work email — with...
5 ways to deal with a bad boss
5 ways to deal with a bad boss
What do you do when the person responsible for directing the activities of the majority of your waking hours is an idiot? Or a jerk? Or not the person you would follow if you had any type of choice? Whether your boss has a bizarrely specific coffee ord...
Supply chain transformation driving up prime global hub logistics rents
Supply chain transformation driving up prime global hub logistics rents
According to the CBRE report, the ongoing demand for e-commerce fulfillment and distribution centers facilities led to a 2.8 percent in prime global logistics rents, with double-digit percentage growth in United States coastal markets, including Oaklan...
Make your supply chain competency model built-to-last
Make your supply chain competency model built-to-last
Perfection may be your goal when developing a competency model for your supply management team. While that’s admirable, keep in mind the most important characteristics of the plan are consistency and value. In our industry, we have explicit expec...
Chance vs. execution in business decisions
Chance vs. execution in business decisions
Much of the stress of 21st-century corporate life is generated by the decision-making process. Warehousing certainly is no exception. We have ample opportunity to witness the pain, as well as a significant amount of wasted time. Some business activitie...
Slimming down to a lean warehouse
Slimming down to a lean warehouse
Some say "lean" was the biggest management idea of the past 50 years. If that is true, the concept of lean could well be a masterpiece of wording. Everyone knows the difference between fat and lean, so lean is a word that should have no mystery. But wh...
7 steps in a warehouse design plan
7 steps in a warehouse design plan
Warehouses are more than a sizable investment. They are the gatekeepers of your company's products and critical to its profits. The imperative planning associated with warehouse design and implementation ultimately hinges on these seven essential steps.
Logistics hiring: Warehousing up, transportation down
Logistics hiring: Warehousing up, transportation down
It’s difficult to put a positive spin on the May job numbers released by the Department of Labor. Labor force participation decreased for the second straight month, and just 38,000 new jobs were added, far short of the 160,000 anticipated. Howeve...
5 tips to polish your email communication
5 tips to polish your email communication
Most of us have to interact with other people in the workplace whether it's co-workers, customers, or both. And that means we have to communicate — we can't escape it. The most popular form of written communication in most workplaces is email. Em...
The art of overcoming the supply chain talent shortage
The art of overcoming the supply chain talent shortage
A recent report on the supply chain talent gap draws a sobering conclusion: The supply chain management profession finds itself in crisis. Unless you do it right, attracting and hiring skilled professionals can be challenging. Deloitte's third annual S...
Find the keys to team loyalty by answering these 3 questions
Find the keys to team loyalty by answering these 3 questions
You care about your job because it’s your business. It’s something you’re passionate about. However, your team may have a different attitude about work, and that can become a problem when trying to motivate them to do their best. Your...
9 inventory management mistakes
9 inventory management mistakes
Managing excess inventory is a challenge for even the most efficient organizations. Overage issues can be a constant headache, draining profitability and taking leadership focus away from core business priorities. When faced with excess inventory, many...
3 lessons Prince taught us about rocking originality
3 lessons Prince taught us about rocking originality
Whether you were riding around in your little red corvette, dancing around in your diamonds and pearls, or waiting for a kiss, the shocking news of Prince's death probably stopped you in your tracks. His ability to produce sounds of rock, pop and funk ...
7 tips for complying with the new federal wage-hour regulations
7 tips for complying with the new federal wage-hour regulations
The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division recently disclosed the details of its final revised regulations relating to certain "white collar" salary exemptions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
How supply chain technology is changing the warehouse for good
How supply chain technology is changing the warehouse for good
Year after year, the operations organization is challenged to increase efficiency in its warehouses and distribution centers.
Throw out your org chart: 5 steps to redesigning your organization
Throw out your org chart: 5 steps to redesigning your organization
When you make a move from a small apartment into your very first house, you’re likely to notice right away that you’ll need to make some changes. Suddenly you find yourself with more rooms than furniture, or apartment décor that doesn'...
Accident prevention: What's it going to take?
Accident prevention: What's it going to take?
The news media are consumed with critical incidents in the workplace. Before these incidents are investigated, media outlets jump in, aiding and abetting emotional aspects that incite and encourage an outpouring of negative behaviors. Accidents in the ...
Study: 3-D printing to shake up supply chain world
Study: 3-D printing to shake up supply chain world
The technology for 3-D printing has roots that go back decades. The minds behind it were visionary. But for many years, 3-D printing appeared - at least in the mainstream view - to be more of a novelty than a practical tool to advance commercial manufa...
How the Internet of Things improves the supply chain
How the Internet of Things improves the supply chain
You've likely heard of the Internet of Things (IoT) with regard to everyday technologies that can make your life more convenient. For instance, some of the most popularly discussed uses are fitness bands and smart thermostats, both of which can impact ...
Using a performance scorecard to measure your warehouse
Using a performance scorecard to measure your warehouse
When you embark on a project to measure warehouse performance, the first step should be to ask why you are taking these measurements. Regardless of the nature of your warehouse operation, you would probably agree that four objectives should be consider...
Capitalizing on cross-docking
Capitalizing on cross-docking
While cross-docking is not a new phenomenon, this process of moving material from the receiving dock straight to the shipping dock is gaining traction as more companies recognize its value in today's competitive business environment.
5 essentials to managing multicultural teams
5 essentials to managing multicultural teams
Perhaps your company has worked hard to cultivate diversity. Or, maybe you’re part of a multicultural organization that prioritizes the contributions of a diverse workforce. Now, you’re managing a culturally diverse team and you want to max...
Here's what happens when you improve your onboarding process
Here's what happens when you improve your onboarding process
Within six months of starting a new job, employees tend to make up their minds on whether or not they want to stay with the organization. So, what causes employees to leave?
How to foster a workplace culture of gratitude
How to foster a workplace culture of gratitude
Pay and benefits are no longer enough to ensure employee engagement. Though they create a solid foundation, you also need to consider the well-being of your employees. Even that will not be enough. Many other aspects of your business will factor into e...
7 common workplace safety hazards
7 common workplace safety hazards
The National Safety Council has a team of consultants who travel across the country – and the world – to visit worksites and conduct safety audits. But no matter where each team member is, chances are good that he or she will spot one or mo...
Crime, weather, terrorism, migration crisis cost global supply chains $56B last year
Crime, weather, terrorism, migration crisis cost global supply chains $56B last year
Research from the British Standards Institute has found that global supply chains gained a combined $56 billion in extra costs last year, incurred by crime, extreme weather, terrorist threats and the migrant crisis that swept across Europe. The tru...
Counting the cost of too little sleep
Counting the cost of too little sleep
Did you know that Americans are sleeping significantly less than decades prior? In fact, a recent university study found that modern-day Americans tend to sleep only six hours per night, which is one to two hours less than they did 60 years ago. While ...
Succession planning in the warehouse
Succession planning in the warehouse
Whether you are a chief executive, a supervisor or in between, certain questions about you and your job should be considered and answered. For example, who can take over if you fall under a bus? Succession planning is the development of a formal progra...
Are workers happier than ever?
Are workers happier than ever?
Is it possible for workers to be generally content with their jobs but hate everything about work? Employee satisfaction is at its highest level in 10 years, yet workers report low satisfaction with their benefits, compensation, time off, and "respectf...
6 tips for getting the most from your PM program
6 tips for getting the most from your PM program
When establishing a preventive maintenance program, there are a few ideas that can help support your reliability objectives without incurring unnecessary costs. The tips in this article apply to both condition monitoring and routine servicing.
Good things happen when you put employee motivation 1st
Good things happen when you put employee motivation 1st
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IMO urges flexibility in meeting box-weight rules, but holds fast to July 1 deadline
IMO urges flexibility in meeting box-weight rules, but holds fast to July 1 deadline
Governments should be "practical and pragmatic" in enforcing new international rules requiring shippers to certify the gross mass of an ocean container before it can be loaded on a vessel, but no one should expect a change in the July 1 deadline for th...
'Greening' your company won't break the bank — in fact, it's good for the bottom line
'Greening' your company won't break the bank — in fact, it's good for the bottom line
Greening your company, via any number of means, obviously brings multiple benefits to the physical environment. But while going green may be the responsible thing to do, many companies shy away from these sustainability measures. The reason is their (c...
Avoid disaster through supply chain risk management
Avoid disaster through supply chain risk management
A tsunami in Japan and floods in Thailand in 2011 disrupted the electronics supply chain. Original equipment manufacturers were not able to get the electronic parts to produce products as planned. Many were taken by surprise. Any OEM and or supplier th...
Why the supply chain is a manufacturer's strategic nucleus
Why the supply chain is a manufacturer's strategic nucleus
Supply chain professionals come from all walks of life, with many of them taking a circuitous route to their careers. Many of the "30 Under 30 Supply Chain Stars," for instance, pursued degrees in such diverse fields as economics, engineering, finance,...
Maximizing profits with better inventory management
Maximizing profits with better inventory management
All small businesses are focused on driving sales in order to boost revenue, but businesses that sell goods rather than services have the unique challenge of managing their inventory in a way that maximizes their profits. Small business owners rely hea...
Robots handling traffic at docks
Robots handling traffic at docks
As the ships get larger and trade expands globally, the robots are poised to step up to the challenge. At TraPac LLC's Los Angeles terminal 24 giant red robots push cargo containers along the dock, moving boxes to other robots who place in them in prec...
Where are the warehouses?
Where are the warehouses?
Giant warehouses are springing up across the country as surging online sales send retailers scrambling to find space to house products destined for delivery to customers’ homes. Much of the construction is happening in the South, where land and l...
3 mistakes that could be pushing your employees away
3 mistakes that could be pushing your employees away
For many companies, retaining top employees is just as important as attracting new talent. Employee turnover can be expensive — tens of thousands of dollars per year per lost employee, many sources say — and it's tough to find and train rep...
6 small packaging changes that can save big money
6 small packaging changes that can save big money
Ten years ago when packaging consultant Tom Blanck would try to talk to people about the cost-savings potential hidden in packaging, he'd receive a lukewarm reception. It was simply not seen as a high priority. But that all began to change in the past ...
The necessity of developing a consumer-centric supply chain model
The necessity of developing a consumer-centric supply chain model
As retailers continue to invest in omnichannel technologies with the end goal of creating a seamless shopping experience for the consumer, figuring out the fulfillment and supply chain piece of the puzzle can be daunting.
The top RFID trends for 2016
The top RFID trends for 2016
Barcoding Inc., a provider of supply chain efficiency, accuracy and connectivity, predicts the continued growth of the radio frequency identification market in 2016. With increased standards, lower system costs, greater solution reliability and higher ...
Don't be that guy: 10 bad behaviors to avoid
Don't be that guy: 10 bad behaviors to avoid
One of my first bosses taught me a valuable career lesson that is worth sharing. Just as I was about to leave for a week-long training meeting, he told me: "At this meeting you are going to see a room full of people from across the country who are just...
Protecting workers in the supply chain
Protecting workers in the supply chain
New international standards to protect those working in global supply chains, was made at the International Labor Conference in Geneva on June 10. “The ILC has recommended – and empowered – this vital UN body, the ILO, to act to prote...
Growth in global e-commerce logistics may approach 10 percent in 2016-2020 period
Growth in global e-commerce logistics may approach 10 percent in 2016-2020 period
Despite a slowdown in world trade this spring, the e-commerce logistics market is expected to grow at 9.69 percent through 2020, maintain analysts at Technavio, a leading market research company with global coverage, based in London. Researchers say cr...